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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleOld Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-04-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

HoppySeb, Today at 10:04 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

seangibbs60, Sunday at 09:46 PM
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pitch black with a slight head that laces and retains less than normal. Light nose of chocolate, roast and dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) with a touch of coffee over a light rich malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a very slick, approaching creamy, texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is quite complex yet balanced. Alcohol is noticed on the first sip, but then becomes well hidden. It begins with a rush of dark chocolate sweetness and roast over a light coffee background, then the dark fruit flavors predominate the middle. The finish is a slow fade of the flavor profile where the spicy hops become evident and leaves a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

tillmac62, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours pitch black, no reds around the glass. Very dark, too dark to see carbonation.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Sweet roasted malts. little bit of alcohol. Mostly coffee and chocolate malts.

Flavor is excellent. Much like the smell, the malts dominate. Coffee, chocolate, deep roast flavors but not quite burnt, which is very nice. I nice bitter finish. Alcohol flavor comes through but works well.

Overall and excellent beer. The name is spot on, color and viscosity is right in line with burnt engine oil. Definitely worth a try.

cottonkoozie, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

A remarkable beer from a great brewery. The texture has velvety richness to it, but remarkably drinkable. Bouquet of chocolate and iron. Flavor profile is very complex, with an iron like flavor giving way to deep malty and chocolate flavors. One of my favorite porters. b

Wobbly, Aug 17, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

DouglasNN, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RobinLee, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Big_Dave, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

AdmiralOzone, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Trey33088, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

leitmotif, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Ciocanelu, Jul 24, 2014
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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%

Not the blackest pour, but almost there, one finger tan head, pretty quick to a sticky lace and a thin film.
Smell of salty roasted malts and extremely rich dark chocolate with a raisin here and there, sweet, creamy, lots of sweet spices (big vanilla, toffee, faint licorice), bit of pecan nuts, bit of coffee, bit of alcohol. This should be very very tasty.
Oh yea! Creamy chocolate up front, with cappuccino notes, nice toffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, cocoa powder, sweet oily nuts (Macadamia, Brazilian nuts), vanilla and a hint of coconut. Dark fruit undertone, with raisin, juicy plum and some fig. Sweetness dominates, but there's a strong robust dark maltiness, especially towards the end, with smokey burnt grains, bit of wood ash and charcoal. Finishes with a mix of lingering sweetness and roast, mild bitterness, rich aftertaste.
Smooth, but a bit light bodied, not very.. "nutritious". Alcohol nicely hidden.
This comes very close to the very top, would have been better if it kept the rich roastiness of the regular Old Engine Oil (actually, if the alcoholic sweetness didn't cover it up). Still, a huge English porter.

dcmchew, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

facesnorth, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Vonhinx, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Stoutfan23DJ, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Lynn, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beertardis, Jun 23, 2014
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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.